Murrieta, California

Grab a horse and some wine

Looklyloo Score: 80

View Full Profile

Copper Canyon

Families/Young Families

Copper Canyon is a master-planned community known for young families who flock here for the safe streets, affordable homes, median home price under $700k, and excellent schools. Families appreciate the access to wonderful hiking spots including Copper Canyon Fitness Trail,
and the Santa Rosa Plateau, a 9,000 acre nature conservation with miles of open trails and beautiful views. The neighborhood also has wonderful parks including Copper Canyon Park, that has two actual parks, plenty of athletic fields and tons open space for kiddo and doggo play.

It's close to groceries and plenty of big box shopping. The neighborhood is zoned for Cole Canyon Elementary, Thompson Middle and Murrieta Valley High, all solid choices.

Bear Creek


Bear Creek is a private, gated community on the rolling hills of Murrieta. There are 620 homes, both single-family and town homes, all built round a Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course. Median home price for homes in the community is right around the $800k level with many single family homes above $1m.

If you buy in the community you share in the common amenities of an Olympic-sized pool, spa, fitness facility, clay and concrete tennis courts, Bocce courts, and event spaces. Residents love both the neighborhood privacy and the community aspect of the community spaces. The views from the hills ain't bad either.

Schools include Cole Canyon Elementary, Thompson Middle and Murrieta Valley High.

Alta Murrieta

Families/Young Families/Retirees

Alta Murrieta is a central neighborhood, built in the 80’s/90’s and filled with nicely designed Spanish and Mediterranean-style homes, It's close to the 215 for commuters who want to hop right on the freeway. Young families enjoy the median home price of ~$600k as well as the bountiful shopping and eats. There is also a big medical facility so retirees also appreciate like the neighborhood as well.

Alta Murrieta has great outdoor experiences available including
Warms Springs Park and Preserve, a beautiful spot with bike and walking trails, horse shoe pits and tons of open spaces for picnics or general play. It also has Pond Park, a catch and release fishing spot, for those hankering to cast a line.

Schools include Alta Murrieta Elementary, Warm Springs Middle, and Vista Murrieta High, all highly rated.

Central Park


Central Park is farther east and more secluded than other neighborhoods in Murrieta. It's a classic (and beloved) California suburban neighborhood with a fun clubhouse, swimming pool, sports fields, and plenty of open spaces for families and kiddos to play together. It gets hot in the summers here and the pools are critical for beating the heat and creating a social culture to pull families together. There is some grocery shopping, boutique restaurants (amidst the bigger chains), and a couple cafes for getting your tasty caffeine fix. The neighborhood borders Temecula and so many locals frequent the Promenade Mall, for shopping, higher-end restaurants and entertainment. Median home prices are typically right around $800k but the homes run bigger with 4-5 bedrooms very common.

Schools include Alamos Elementary, Bella Vista Middle and Chaparral High School. You can’t do better for quality of schools in the area.

Spencer’s Crossing


Spencer's Crossing is in the northeast corner of Murrieta. It's the newest community in the city so all the homes and amenities are brand new. These amenities include Spencer's Community Space that has two pool areas, a spa, a clubhouse and event gathering space for local events. Murrieta gets toasty and the community enjoys the opportunity to cool off and be social with other families.

It's also well known for Spencer’s Crossing Sports Park. It's a massive multi-sport facility with multiple baseball/softball diamonds, including several that are lighted. It also has soccer fields, basketball courts and tons of open green spaces, picnic areas and general play spaces for the kiddos.

The homes in Spencer's Crossing are mostly large, often 4-5 bedrooms, Spanish and Mediterranean styles, and a median home price of ~$725k. One unusual characteristic of the neighborhood is that nearly all the homes in this master-planned community come with solar and seller's often pay off the solar in escrow.

The schools zoned for the neighborhood include Lisa J. Mails Elementary, Dorothy McElhinney Middle and Vista Murrieta High School, all excellent options.